Our Story

 

Christ Church West Chester (formerly The Journey Church) officially launched in October of 2007, but our story has been in the making for much longer than that.

     You will immediately see that we gather in a building that is more than 100 years old. Nestled among the town homes of the borough and originally built as a home for Westminster Presbyterian Church, the building became home to a new congregation—Emmanuel Baptist Church—when Westminster moved to their new facility south of West Chester.

     Over the course of nearly two decades, that church plant launched, grew and then reinvented itself as West Chester Community Fellowship as it attempted to reach the community and sustain growth and care for the aging building. Sadly, WCCF voted to close its doors in 2006.

But that is just the beginning of the story—our story.

     Rather than pawn the facility off to the highest bidder, WCCF chose instead to give the building and all existing assets to Riverside Community Church in Horsham, PA. That gift led to The Journey Church being planted in West Chester after the building sat dormant for a year.

     Yet even in the brief existence of this church, the blessing did not continue uninterrupted and the church’s attendance and membership spiraled downward.

     The congregation hit a low point in 2014, when attendance dropped to around thirty people while maintaining forty-one members. Then on November 9, 2014 CCWC called its current pastor, Dr. Raymond M. Johnson, freshly graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to help revive the church. Dr. Johnson is the second man to assume the pastorate of CCWC.

     CCWC has renewed its commitment to the principles of God’s Word. We rejoice in the grace of God that has not only sustained but rebuilt a congregation now full of health. We are thrilled at the opportunity God has given us to impact West Chester with the gospel of Jesus. We remain just as excited to invite you to join us in that mission of meeting people where they are and bringing them into a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.